Disaster Recovery Plan
Last update: Thursday, 10-Oct-2002 09:41:52 CDT
In almost any disaster situation, hazards and dangers can abound.
While survival of the disaster itself can be a harrowing experience,
further injury or death following the disaster stemming from carelessness
or negligence is senseless.
All personnel must exercise extreme caution to ensure that physical
injury or death is avoided while working in and around the disaster
site itself. No one is to perform any hazardous tasks without first
taking appropriate safety measures.
This document contains safety warnings in several places that recovery
personnel should heed. These warnings are all marked with a special
Any time this symbol is displayed in this document, take the time to read
through the warning thoroughly to understand what the hazards are and how
to prevent injury.
There are hazardous materials present in the Administrative Services
Building. Three primary sources exist for these materials:
- Janitorial supplies - hazardous chemicals are present in the janitorial
closets scattered throughout the building. The door to each closet contains
a list of the chemicals present in the closet. If this information is not
present at the scene of the disaster, contact the Physical Plant for a list
of the chemicals located in the building.
- Battery acid - hazardous battery acid is present in large quantities
in the Uninterruptible Power Supply room located in the extreme northwest
corner of the first floor of the building. Battery acid can cause caustic
skin burns, blindness, and pulmonary distress if inhaled. If
you come in contact with battery acid, immediately seek a source of water and
wash the affected areas continuously until medical assistance can be sought.
- Automotive fluids - hazardous substances related to the operation of
a motor vehicle are present in the University Police garages. These can include,
but are not limited to, gasoline, motor oil, brake fluid, antifreeze, lubricants,
and battery acid.
Approach any collection of a hazardous material with caution. Notify the
nearest safety personnel in the event of a hazardous material spill. Unless
you have had the necessary training to do so, do not attempt to clean up a
hazardous material spill yourself. Allow the local HAZMAT team to evaluate,
neutralize, and clean up any spills.
Recovery from a disaster will be a very stressful time for all
personnel involved. Each manager should be careful to monitor
the working hours of his staff to avoid over-exertion and exhaustion
that can occur under these conditions. A good approach is to divide
your team members into shifts and rotate on a regular basis. This
will keep team members fresh
and also provide for needed time with family.
Refer to DRPDR014: Emotional Health Issues for
Disaster Workers, an American Red Cross document that can help
understand the stresses that disaster workers often shoulder.
PTSD - Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a very real condition
that can affect survivors and recovery workers in a disaster. All
recovery managers and coordinators should be alert to symptoms in their
employees that indicate PTSD and seek assistance from the necessary
counseling services. Symptoms usually manifest themselves as:
- The individual experiences flashbacks or nightmares where the
traumatic event is re-experienced.
- The individual tries to reduce exposure to people or things
that might bring on their intrusive symptoms.
- The individual exhibits physiologic signs of increased arousal,
such as hyper vigilance or increased startle response.
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